Theology and Mission

Lead the Church, Engage the World through Contextual Theology 

The Masters in Theology and Mission, featuring Professor David Fitch, equips you for local and sustainable mission by offering a strong biblical and theological base for engaging in God’s mission and for leading a community on mission. This specialization is available both as a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degree. The program is directed by Mike Moore.  

This program also offers an emphasis in Anabaptist Studies, featuring Professor Dr. Greg Boyd (who also teaches in the Theology & Mission Program).

Innovative Program

Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring more effort than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the skills of preaching, teaching, counseling, and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community.

This program includes all the courses in Bible, Church History, and Theology that you need, but goes further. You will develop theological, missiological, and leadership skills to be a missionary pastor in the North American mission field.

Why It’s Unique: 

Local: Be part of a growing community of theologian-practitioners by remaining in your local ministry context while pursuing this degree through coming to campus once a week.

Faculty: First class faculty including David Fitch, Greg Boyd, members of our New Testament faculty–Nijay Gupta or Scot McKnight, and many more.

Brady Theology and Mission Lectureship: Once a year we will have a world-class missional thinker give open lectures on theology and mission that will double as a class. Past lecturers have included Stanley Hauerwas, Reggie Williams, Fleming Rutledge and Michael Gorman.

Delivery: On Campus or Distance

The program is available on campus or via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live). The Masters in Theology and Mission is one of the first cohort model programs to be launched via our Live-Streaming technology. Smart classroom technology enables you to interact with our premier faculty and engage in Northern’s vibrant classroom experience without leaving your faith community. Click here for more details.

Additionally, there are four on-campus intensives (two pre-fall, two post-spring). Students are automatically enrolled in the intensive courses as they proceed through the program. However, each student can choose when to take these intensives as it fits with their schedule. See the course list below for more details. The syllabi for these intensives are posted at least two months prior to the course and will require some rudimentary pre-class reading.

See here for affordable, low-cost housing while on campus.

Requirements for Completion

The Master of Arts Theology and Mission program requires 54 credit hours.
The MA program has two options to complete the program:

  1. Complete the program in four years by taking one class at a time on either Monday or Tuesday.
  2. Complete the program in two years by taking two classes each quarter on both Monday and Tuesday.


MATM courses include (intensives*)

Specialization Courses:

  • Mission-Shaped Church* – MN 433 (pre-Fall: Sept 2020 & 2022 & 2024)
  • Cultural Exegesis* (pre-Fall: Sept 2021 & 2023 & 2025)
  • Topics in Missional Theology 1*(post-Spring: June annual)
  • Topics in Missional Theology 2*(post-Spring: June annual)
  • Theology of Church and Culture (TH 303)
  • Sexual Ethics and the Family – TE 417
  • Christianity and Pluralism – TH 406
  • Discerning the Triune God – TH 431

Core Courses

  • Intro to Biblical Interpretation (IN 304)
  • The Pentateuch, Poetry and Wisdom Books (OT 307)
  • Historical Books and the Prophets (OT 308)
  • Gospels and Acts (NT 307)
  • New Testament Letters and Revelation (NT 308)
  • History of Christian Survey (CH 305)
  • Christian Theology I (TH 301)
  • Christian Theology II (TH 302)
  • Theology of Church & Culture (TH 303)
  • Masters Thesis

Click here for an updated Progress Report.

Master of Divinity students will complete these MATM specialization courses as well as the other Master of Divinity requirements. The MDiv program may be completed in 3-4 years.

Innovative Pricing

The MA program offers an innovative price structure especially suited for a new kind of pastoral leader. Through scholarships available to qualified students, the cost of the program will be substantially lower than most Masters Degrees in theology.

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